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  • RFID Yields 13% Reduction in Understated Inventory

    Case-level RFID tracking reduced undercounted inventory at retail stores by 13 percent in a new study conducted by the Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and sponsored by Wal-Mart. RFID processes also improved the inventory adjustment processes while reducing required labor.

  • Cost Plus World Market Finds RFID Sweet Spot in Yard Management

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    The specialty retailer has deployed an RFID-based real-time location system to monitor trailers arriving at its main distribution center in Northern California, and to expedite the receipt of goods.

  • Surgeon Designs System to Monitor Orthopedic Implants and Promote Healing

    By Claire Swedberg

    The system uses RFID, sensors and electric stimulators to assess the functioning of an implanted orthopedic device and the surrounding tissue, as well as to hasten surgical recovery.

  • Apparel Manufacturer Suits Up With RFID

    By Claire Swedberg

    A Japanese clothing maker places garments on hangars fitted with EPC Gen 2 tags, enabling it to track the items during their final stages of production.

  • Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for March

    Baird has released its March report. The 21-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.

  • Yet Another RFID Hack Could Affect Up To 1 Billion Cards

    The Dutch government this week issued a warning that MIFARE Classic RFID chips from NXP can be hacked relatively easily. MIFARE is a family of chips that are used in contactless public transport tickets and building access cards. There are an estimated one billion MIFARE chip-equipped cards in worldwide circulation.

  • NXP Announces New, More Secure Chip for Transport, Access Cards

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    According to the company, the chip is backward-compatible with the less-secure Mifare Classic chip, recently hacked by two research groups.

  • Wedge Device Aims to Ease RFID Setup

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Created for small and midsize businesses that use bar-code technology to identify assets, personnel or products, the product is designed to provide a low-cost means for migrating to RFID.

  • METRO Expands RFID to 200 More Locations

    METRO Group announced plans to equip 200 of its Real stores with RFID readers to identify incoming goods, and to expand RFID receiving applications to its Metro Cash & Carry stores in France.

  • RFID News Roundup

    Washington state legislature makes spying on consumers a felony; Sirit to enable NFC, contactless support for Windows Mobile operating system; Canadian privacy commissioner seeking feedback regarding RFID use in the workplace; Xterprise offers its RFID-enabled reusable transport item application to European market; AutoCrib announces RFID portal to track items in storerooms, tool cribs; Siemens adds new functionality to software for linking automation, RFID systems, business processes.

  • Wal-Mart-Commissioned Study Shows RFID Improves Store Inventory Accuracy

    By Beth Bacheldor

    University of Arkansas researchers found that RFID can reduce the degree of understated perpetual inventory by 13 percent, thereby helping retailers to lower their costs.

  • Printable RFID Research Gets $23M Investment

    A public-private partnership in Germany is investing €15 million (about $23 million) for research to develop improved materials and production techniques for printable RFID. The MaDriX project is scheduled to run for three years and is led by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

  • AMR Research: RFID Adoption's Tipping Point is Here

    AMR Research analyst John Fontanella issued a briefing this past weekend proclaiming that RFID adoption has quietly crossed a threshold that many industry observers have been anticipating for the last couple years: the tipping point.

  • Printer-Encoder Order Represents New DOD Milestone

    By Beth Bacheldor

    Lowry Computer's $8.7 million contract for 1,804 EPC Gen 2 RFID printer-encoders will enable defense distribution depots to extend RFID use further down the supply chain.

  • Metro Expanding Use of RFID, for Both Pallets and Cases

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    The retailer says it is seeing positive results across its various RFID initiatives, and it plans expansions in 2008.

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